kids, winter

snow day!

When I was a kid, I loved playing in the snow. I remember waking up on a snow day and spending hours sledding down the hill in our backyard over and over again. Somewhere between then and now, the snow has lost it’s magic for me. Now all I see is hazardous driving conditions and lots of wet snow clothes to deal with. I love how beautiful and peaceful it is when the snow is coming down and there is a fresh coat covering everything. But getting a bunch of kids ready to play outside is not my favorite.

Even remembering back to my childhood, I hated trying to gather enough warm clothes to bundle up. And then coming in and stripping all of it off for my mom to clean up. Now I’m on the mom side of the equation and I’m seeing why my mom hated it so much. We don’t have proper snow clothes for everyone, which makes it even harder. But I feel like I’m robbing my kids of making magical memories. So when the snow was coming down last week, I gathered as much warm clothes for the kids as I could and waited for the 2 little ones to nap so we could go outside and play for a bit. And yes, it was a lot of work. But we had a lot of fun!

The one who surprised me the most was Evangeline. I thought she would be crying about the cold almost immediately. But she was the one who was the most disappointed about heading back inside when we were done (I had to bribe her with hot chocolate!) She doesn’t have a coat that fits her right now so I squeezed her in this 12 month coat. I think we need to hit up the store and buy her a coat immediately.

I promise they were having more fun that it appears haha!

And I had to put Clem’s little snowsuit on her to get a picture of her for her first official snow day. Every time I look at these pictures, I laugh. She looks so defeated in the first picture, like “let’s get this over with, mom!” And that pouty face on the other one is just too sweet. We were done with these pictures in about 30 seconds and back in the house right away.

Today we’re enjoying weather in the 60s while we anticipate a winter (ice) storm that’s supposed to roll in tomorrow. Gotta love the midwest!

On an unrelated note, Don has been trying to get a couple of Christmas videos finished but it’s been a bit slow going while he also has a full time job and a family to spend time with. So here’s the first one–the next one will hopefully be done in the next couple of weeks!

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I hope you’re staying warm!

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